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By Shawn Manderscheid

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Today, let’s delve into the concept of seller temporary leases, an important yet often overlooked aspect of real estate transactions. While there are both seller and buyer temporary leases, the former is much more common and has distinct benefits for sellers.

A seller temporary lease allows the seller to remain in the home after closing and after the buyer officially owns the property. It’s a practical solution for sellers enabling them to stay for a brief period, typically ranging from a few days to a month, after the sale is finalized. This arrangement is particularly beneficial for sellers as it provides them with time and flexibility to move out after ensuring the sale is complete.

One of the key advantages of a seller temporary lease is the certainty it offers. In real estate, transactions can often fall through at the last minute, potentially due to issues like loan approval failures. With a seller temporary lease, the seller can avoid the stress and inconvenience of moving out prematurely, only to find out the sale didn’t go through.

“Seller temporary leases are a valuable tool in the real estate process.”

Sellers usually set up their homes to look appealing to potential buyers; this might involve professional staging or careful organization of personal belongings. A seller temporary lease ensures that the home remains in this show-ready state until the sale is confirmed. If a sale falls through at the last minute, restaging or reorganizing a vacated house can be both costly and time-consuming.

While seller temporary leases are more beneficial to sellers, they are not typically hard to negotiate with buyers. At our real estate firm, we frequently negotiate these leases on behalf of our sellers, especially when there’s professional staging involved. Ensuring the staging investment isn’t wasted if the sale falls through at the last moment is a priority.

Seller temporary leases are a valuable tool in the real estate process, offering sellers security and peace of mind during the critical post-closing phase. If you’re considering selling your home and want to understand more about how a seller temporary lease can benefit you, our team is here to provide the guidance and support you need. Just give us a call or email us, and we’ll be there to answer.

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